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TC Helicon VSM-300 VoiceSolo Active Voice Monitor with Control
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If you want complete control over your monitor mix and sound, look no further than the TC Helicon VSM-300 VoiceSolo Active Voice Monitor. The VSM-300...Click To Read More About This Product
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Studio-quality sound in a single mic-stand mounted enclosure that you control.
If you want complete control over your monitor mix and sound, look no further than the TC Helicon VSM-300 VoiceSolo Active Voice Monitor. The VSM-300 delivers intelligible, natural vocal sound thanks to an ICT (Inductively Coupled Technology) point source driver; a rugged, efficient cast aluminum enclosure; and a 150W BASH amplifier with a built-in limiter. Non-electrical methods used to couple the tweeter with the woofer make the tweeter indestructible.
The VSM-300 VoiceSolo Active Voice Monitor mounts on your mic stand with included hardware to save floor space. Attach the hardware to your stand once, and the monitor will pop on and off. It also rocks back to 3 different angles on the floor.
The front panel of the VSM-300 lets you control the mic input level, VoiceShape filter, line level, 2-band EQ, and master volume to create the perfect monitor mix. The floor-based I/O box included with the VSM-300 includes a mic input, stereo instrument, and aux in. Additionally, the I/O box includes pass-thrus of each input to send direct sound to the front-of-house engineer. Also includes a subwoofer output and a stereo link output for easy system expansion. For simple setups, the VSM-300 has separate mic and line inputs on the back panel. The mic input includes pad and phantom power.
- Cast aluminum enclosure
- Simple setup with most mic stands
- Point source driver with indestructible high-frequency transducer
- 150W (200W peak) BASH amplifier with limiter
- Floor-based I/O box: mic in, stereo instrument, and aux in ” with pass-thrus
- Mic and instrument inputs
- Mic input includes pad and phantom power
- 2-band EQ and main level controls
- Personal mix of inputs, EQ, and level
- VoiceShape tone circuit
- Integrated tuned port doubles as carrying handle
- 116dB peak SPL at .5m
- Dimensions: 7"W x 9"H x 9-3/4"D
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I have this thing "tapped" into a Crate Taxi Limo and I finally can hear myself. What a wonderful difference! I don't think this thing would be suitable for rock or loud music, but for solo acoustic gigs this thing is wonderful. I am very glad that I got this.
There was a special need and application in this Lab for a high quality monitor tailored more for vocal frequencies, but also with better than average bandwidth for musical playback when required. It had to be powerful, tough, and very durable. Too much to ask for? Not any longer. TC-Helicon?s VoiceSolo products fit the bill for our needs here with three models. A passive, and two active models (one having voice shaping technology) are available. We chose a pair of passive VSM200Ps and one VSM200 active model. Upon opening the carton of the VoiceSolo, one is greeted with an all aluminum cast casing, with non-slip rubber pads on the underside. Construction and assembly fit and finish are excellent.Although the VoiceSolo appears to be targeted more for solo vocal performers, we found many other useful applications in here for them. For example, hookup a pair of passive VSM200Ps to a high quality stereo amplifier, and include a 10? powered subwoofer of your choice set to 85Hz, and you have amazing playback quality for the PC Home Recording enthusiast. Conversely, throw the Active version in a box like we did, and take it to the local pub, and you have a great P.A. system with a deafening built-in 150 Watt amplifier. We even hooked up the iPod nano with the aid of an RCA Y and XLR adapter with cables to the VSM200 active model, and were more than surprised and impressed with the sheer volume and overall detail. But what about the overall sound quality? We found it to exceed our expectations on all sources. The ICT Point Source speakers chosen can reproduce the fine and subtle details needed to sound convincing on just about every vocal and musical soundtrack. One can tell a lot of thought and effort has gone into this product, and it appears to have paid off. Features abound, and the price seems to be quite reasonable given the overall high quality. If ever there were a Swiss Army Knife of loudspeakers made and sold, it would have to be the TC-Helicon VoiceSolo product. Highly recommended for just about every application ? and not just for Engineers!
I run my Vox Tonelab straight into the PA without a guitar amplifier. With those PA speakers pointed out, and a gorilla drumming behind me, I can't hear anything coming out of the PA. We had an outdoor concert last night and the Helicon saved the day. We only had one floor wedge that wasn't pointed back at the rhythm section, so the only thing the drummer and I could hear was whatever came out of the Helicon. It was crisp and clear, giving us what we needed to get through the night. The only trouble I had with it was that the mounting hardware that screws onto the top of the mic stand (between the base and the boom) barely screwed on a few turns, and now it's stuck and I can't remove it from the base of the mic stand. My brother with the Helicon 200 has the same problem. But I don't plan to remove it, so it's not a big deal.
This little monitor really does preform well. I use it for a Karaoke monitor. I looked at and had experience with other personal monitors but they were mostly "tinny' or made of poor quality. The price is a little high but in this case you get what you pay for, a great sound and great quality.
When I read the "hands-on review" for this product, my expectation was that this would be a sort of a Super Hot Spot: close to your ear, really loud without feedback, and hands-on controllable because of the EQ right in front of you at chest-level. When I went to a music store to try it out (with full intent to purchase at least two of them), I was very disapointed. Not only are they not nearly loud enough to cut through a reasonably loud rock band, they don't sound good - kind of dull and lifeless. They seem to be nothing but expensive Hot Spots. I ended up purchasing a pair of powered floor monitors instead.
I play bass and sing in a 4-piece club band. We mix from the stage. I used this wonderful monitor on a gig Friday for the first time and could not have been more pleased. I set it on a mic stand with my boom attached to the top (all adaptors were included.) I plugged my mic into the little floor box that connects to the monitor, and then ran a cord from the box to the PA mixer. I took a 1/4" output from the PA mixer that included the vocal sub-mix and the acoustic guitars and plugged this into the "left instrument input" on the floor box. I set the 3 tone controls (shape, bass, & treble) to their mid-point, and the 3 volume controls (mic, instrument, & master) to zero. I turned the instrument control about halfway up, then turned the master to where it was at a decent volume (about 3/4.) Then I brought up the mic level to where I could hear myself a little better (about 3/4.) As we played the first set I tweaked the volumes slightly and turned the bass down a notch. The sound was great! I could hear perfectly and there was no feedback. This monitor is not over-powered and I think that is the key to its clarity and lack of feedback. It may not cut it in front of a Marshall stack on "11" but for the rest of us this unit is a godsend. And it's only 10 lbs.!!!! Do I wish it cost less than $399? Of course, but you get what you pay for. Spend the money; you won't regret it.